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AACER: Bankruptcy Filings Continue April Decline; Total Has Fallen 47 Percent Since Peak

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Both the total bankruptcy filings for April and that average filings per day declined from March in the same number of filing days, continuing a trend that has been ongoing since the height of the financial crisis in 2010, according to April 2015 AACER bankruptcy data reported by Epiq Systems. In April, there were 77,884 total bankruptcy filings, down from March's total of 81,622 in the same number of filing days (22) during the month. April totaled 3,540 filings per day, compared with 3,712 in March.

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Report: Foreclosure-Related Complaints Decreasing Faster Than Non-Current Inventory

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The data showed that modification, collection, and foreclosure-related complaints were falling at an even fast rate than the number of non-current loans over that same period. In Q1 2013, the number of such complaints were received by the Bureau totaled 10,047; for the fourth quarter of 2014, that number was 4,741, a decline of 53 percent–compared to the 27 percent decline for non-current loan inventory.

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Economists Retain Positive Outlook Despite ‘Paltry’ GDP Growth in First Q1 Estimate

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In spite of the recent reports of slow economic growth in Q1, Fannie Mae has maintained its forecast for GDP growth of 2.8 percent this year and its position that the economy will "drag housing upward." Fannie Mae chief economist and SVP Doug Duncan pointed out that the actuals as far as housing – existing home sales, new home sales, and prices – were either at or very close to their predicted levels during Q1, and mortgage purchase applications have been way up for the last couple of months.

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Economist: Declining Shadow Inventory Will Not Help Country’s Short Housing Supply

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The thin shadow inventory compared with rising home values has caused the share of distressed home sales to drop to single digits. Since there will be fewer properties sold at deep discounts, this will cause home prices to strengthen, Yun said. "It also means that those practitioners who specialize in foreclosures or short-sales need to start thinking about a change in business models to normal home buyers and normal positive-equity home sellers," Yun wrote on the blog.

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Analyst Says Buying a Home Now Is a Solid Investment

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Due to current low interest rates and anticipated appreciation rates for the next few years, homeownership is "one of the last legitimate wealth creation opportunities," according to Tim Rood, chairman of Washington, D.C.-based business advisory firm The Collingwood Group in an interview with Westwood One radio host Dirk Van last week.

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